who was a student of third standard, went up to the headmaster of
her school and requested to sit in the tenth class just for a day
to observe as a special case. The event itself would have attracted
little attention if not for the fact that the girl was only eight
year old and studying in the third standard of the same school.
After he had overcome
his surprise on getting this unusual request, the Headmaster informed
the concerned class teacher of a new pupil who wished to sit in
the tenth class. Like the headmaster, the teacher too was delighted
and became apprehensive. He wanted to express his opinion not to
accede to such request and it will become precedence and many students
may put forth such requests and it would be difficult to manage.
Headmaster did not
approve his plea and allowed Rupali to sit in the higher class.
The class teacher of tenth standard wondered if Rupali, for all
her brilliance, could cope up with studies way ahead than her own
class. If it had been any other student the teacher would never
had agreed to the request. But, Rupali was different.
From the very
beginning when she had made her way to the first standard
class, Rupali had managed to charm all who came in contact
with her. In the beginning the students of tenth standard
objected her presence in the class. But her engaging smile
and an easy manner made them to become silent. Rupali’s intelligence
captivated people who never lost the opportunity to play.
Rupali put up some questions that most children much older
than her age would have found difficult to answer. So, Rupali
walked into the tenth class and headed for the last bench.
At the back of the class she was lost to a casual observer
standing at the front of the class since she barely came up
to shoulder height of the much older students. But, what she
lacked in height more than made up with her intelligence and
The English teacher
of tenth standard Mrs. Indira Iyer had heard about Rupali's brilliance
from her colleagues and now she looked forward to having her in
the class. She was explaining about the festivals in India. According
to her, In India Hindus celebrate Diwali, Dasara, Holi, Gokulashtami,
Ugadi, Shivaratri and so on. Muslims celebrate Ramzan, Idmilad,
Moharam and Bakrid. Christians celebrate Easter and Christmas. Sikhs
celebrate the birth days of their Gurus. Teacher asked one question,
“Do you think I have covered all the festivals? If your answer is
‘no’, tell me what are those festivals left out?”
All the students said,
madam you have covered all the festivals. Rupali stood up and said,
“Madam, you have not told two major festivals.”
Then madam turned
towards the students and asked, “Can anybody tell me what those
two festivals are?” The students were not in a position to reply.
Madam asked Rupali to answer. “Madam, our National Festivals one
on Republic day 26th January and Independence Day 15th August of
every year.” She replied Everybody appreciated little girl’s wonderful
I am a retired bank officer interested
in reading and writing. Last year, a book written by me on collection
of short stories in Kannada with the title "Aproopada Manushya"
was released. Another book written by me on short stories in Kannada
will be released in the second week of October'08. The title of
this book is "AkaashDinda Bhumige." I have made sincere
attempt to write few kids stories in Kannada and English. All these
stories are yet to be edited.